“Saving Mr. Banks”

Jake Tapley

I liked “Saving Mr. Banks.”

I found it serves as a rather beautiful and insightful character study into the life of early twentieth-century British author P. L. Travers, the woman responsible for bringing us the beloved “Mary Poppins.”

British actress Emma Thompson brings Pamela Travers to life with the help of a fine supporting cast of actors, including Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, B. J. Novak , and Paul Giamatti.

The charm of the movie exists much in the way that the charm of the movie “Finding Neverland” does. Being able to see reality juxtaposed with fantasy seems to be a formula for success.

My critique of “Saving Mr. Banks” is more or less my critique of Disney. I feel that the events and characters in this movie, though at first seemingly authentic, could have been skewed in Disney’s favor.

According to numerous sources, P. L. Travers was, to say the least, dissatisfied with the Disney movie adaptation of “Mary Poppins” and refused to collaborate with Disney again. This far exceeds the disapproval conveyed in the movie and begs to question the accuracy of certain details.

But regardless of the discrepancies, there is certainly more to be gained from watching “Saving Mr. Banks” than not. And it is one of the better family movies that I’ve seen as of late.